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Maxim William Firth (Max)
Capt. Maxim William Firth, U.S. Navy, Retired, died September 3, 2002, at the age of 94. Max was born in Bennington, Vermont, on June 22, 1908. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1931 and was a Line Officer in the U.S. Navy from 1931 to 1960 serving afloat in surface ships. During World War II he commanded the U.S.S. Spry and U.S.S. Flaherty in the Atlantic Theatre; Escort Division 37 and U.S.S. Claxton in the Pacific Theatre. For service on the Claxton, he was awarded the Silver Star and Bronze Medal. After World War II he had duty in the Navy Department serving as Executive on the U.S.S. Toledo staff Atlantic Division Six, Staff Commander U.S. Naval Forces to Germany; Commanding U.S.S. Estes and Commanding Officer Administrative Command, U.S. Naval Post Graduate School, Monterey, California. After retiring in 1960 from the Navy, in 1961 Max moved to San Rafael and attended San Francisco State University of California, Berkeley, University of Portland and Dominican College to acquire teaching credentials. He enjoyed teaching chemistry at San Rafael Military Academy from 1961-1968 and chemistry and physics at Katherine Branson School 1970-1972. Fishing, furniture refinishing, cooking and gardening were his hobbies. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 18 years Junetta Younglove-Firth and her daughter Sandra, brother Richard Firth and wife Elizabeth of Lake Wales, Florida, sister-in-law Lola Firth and niece Martha Markarian of Snyder, New York, nephew William Firth, Jr., of Shippensburg, New Jersey and many grand nieces and nephews. In accordance with Max's wishes, there will be no memorial services. 

Frank Joseph Merino
Passed from this life on Saturday, October 5, 2002. Frank was a loving husband, father, and friend. He was a Marin business owner and an active member of the Marin community. Mr. Merino was born in New York City on March 12, 1960 to his parents Francisco Felix Merino and Dr. Rosa Raquel Ellis Merino. He graduated from Fordham University of New York with a degree in Biology. Mr. Merino owned and operated Commercial Facility Services of San Rafael. Frank Merino was a board member of the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce where he received the Chamber's distinguished Community Service Award in April 2002. He was also a volunteer at St. Vincent's School for Boys. Mr. Merino was a loving husband as well as a dedicated and active father to his children. He was a dear friend to many, and worked hard at enjoying life and wanted to bring enjoyment and happiness to others. His wife Marina, daughter Jessica, eight years old, his son Daniel, ten years old, and his stepdaughter Lisa 21 survive him. He is also survived by his mother Rosa Raquel Ellis Merino of LaJolla California, his sisters Rosa Merino of Chapel Hill, NC, Margaret Merino of Los Angeles, Frances Duttera of Los Angeles, and Lily Paulsen of Toronto; his aunts Nydia Leaf of New York City, Ellen Leaf of Los Angeles, Jono and Alexandria Leaf of Los Angeles. Visitation is Wednesday from 9am-8pm and Thursday from 10am-12noon at Keaton's Redwood Chapel, 1801 Novato Blvd. Memorial Services will be held Thursday at 1pm at St. Vincent's Chapel, at St. Vincent's School for Boys in San Rafael. In lieu of flowers the Merino family asked that donations be made to the St. Vincent's School for Boys, One St. Vincent Way, San Rafael, California. Please pray for the Merino family. He loved; He was loved and is now in the Presence of Divine Love. 

Marilyn J. Mullins Died after a long illness October 3, 2002 in Auburn, CA. Marilyn was a graduate of Tamalpias High School, College of Marin, and has degrees from San Jose State and University of San Francisco. Marilyn was retired from Alameda County as a senior court reporter. She leaves two sisters, Mrs. Gloria Mullins Steen of Auburn, CA and Audrey Mullins of Benicia, CA, two nephews, Richard Steen and Randolph Steen, a niece, Angela Clark, and nine grand nieces and nephews. 

Claire Cole Pietotti
Of Kentfield, CA, died October 5, 2002, age 80, at home with family by her side. Claire was born December 19, 1921 in San Francisco, CA. She was a graduate of Dominican College, San Rafael. She had one sister, Harriet Cole Gilman Muller, now deceased. She married Col. John T. Cox (now deceased) in 1940. She married Arthur E. Pierotti (now deceased) in 1973. She is survived by her daughters Karen Cole Cox of Kentfield and Leigh Williams of Novato; stepdaughter, Patricia J. Pierotti of Petaluma; her nieces: Christy Cole Stocking of Novato and Jacqueline Cole Gilman of Larkspur; and two grandnieces. Donations may be sent to Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Avenue, Corte Madera, CA 94925. 

Margaret Carol Childers
Lifelong Mill Valley resident, Carol Childers, wife of the late Talmadge Childers, passed away at her home on October 4, 2002. She is survived by daughter Jacqueline Glassner and her husband Samuel H. Glassner, M.D., son William "Bill" Childers, granddaughter Courtney Nievergelt and her husband Bob Gonzalez. Predeceased by daughter Barbara and, earlier this year, by her mother Margaret Wosser Dowd. Our family is eternally grateful to the dedicated staff at Hospice of Marin for their compassionate care and support. Honoring her wishes, there will be no service. At her request, anyone wishing to make a memorial donation in her name is asked to do so to Hospice of Marin or Guide Dogs for the Blind (San Rafael). Kenneth L. Dunn Kenneth died at home with his loved ones, son, Bob Dunn, daughters Patricia Alexander and Claudette Lubarsky and two grandchildren, Robert Leonik and Richard Leonik. He was predeceased by Elizabeth Dunn, his wife of 60 years. He was a native of California and passed away on October 7, 2002 at age 88 years. Friends are invited to attend the Funeral at Keaton Mortuary, Thursday, October 10, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. Visitation at Keaton's on Wednesday at Noon. Interment private. Memorial contributions preferred to Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Avenue, Corte Madera, CA 94925. KEATON MORTUARY 1022 E Street, San Rafael 415-453-0571 

Marilyn J. Mullins
Died after a long illness October 3, 2002 in Auburn, CA. Marilyn was a graduate of Tamalpias High School, College of Marin, and has degrees from San Jose State and University of San Francisco. Marilyn was retired from Alameda County as a senior court reporter. She leaves two sisters, Mrs. Gloria Mullins Steen of Auburn, CA and Audrey Mullins of Benicia, CA, two nephews, Richard Steen and Randolph Steen, a niece, Angela Clark, and nine grand nieces and nephews. 

Arlle Prola
Passed away peacefully October 4, 2002 in Santa Rosa at age 82. She was the beloved wife of 46 years to the late Joseph A. Prola. Loving mother and mother-in-law of Ravelle and Orin Burgess of Healdsburg. Devoted grandmother of Adam and Seth Burgess. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Elvina Caderette and her family in Oregon. She was formerly an active member of the Marin County Girl Scouts organization for over 25 years; and a native of Coos Bay, Oregon. Private Committal Services will be held at Oak Mount Cemetery in Healdsburg. For further information, please call FRED YOUNG & CO. Funeral Directors, 707-433-3329 or 894-2540. 

Jeffrey A. Vance
Died suddenly in San Francisco Thursday, October 3, 2002. A resident of San Anselmo, Jeffrey is survived by his loving wife Patti Vance, his children Brad (Rufina) Vance of Paraguay, Andrew Vance of San Anselmo, loving brother to Dale (Robert) Braun of Costa Mesa, CA and Jill Vance also of Costa Mesa. Also survived by his mother-in-law Romaine Rouse of Denver, Colorado and sister-in-law Jodie (Robert) Wiepking of Santa Clara, CA and brother-in-law Philip (Louise) Rouse of Denver, Colorado. Jeff attended the University of Colorado and graduated with a degree in Architecture. There he was a member of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. Jeff served in the U.S. Navy with the Seabee's in Naval Construction in the Far East. He worked in San Francisco with Pacific Resources as the Managing Director. Jeff was very active in local activities especially coaching and tennis. He loved playing golf, was an avid reader, and enjoyed watching movies. Family vacations in tropical places were special pleasures. He was thought of as a mentor by many and will be deeply missed. He was 54 years old. A Celebration of Jeffrey's Life will be held Wednesday, October 9, 2002 at 3:00 PM at the San Francisco Theological Seminary, Stewart Chapel, 2 Kensington Road in San Anselmo. Memorial contributions in Jeffrey's memory may be made to the charity of your choice. Monte's Chapel of the Hills Family Owned and Operated 415-453-8440 ~ San Anselmo 

In Memoriam
MARGO DERZON
"I wanted not that joy, I did not need Such help; the ever-living universe, Turn where I might, was opening out its glories, And the independent spirit of pure youth Called forth, at every season, new delights, Spread round my steps like sunshine o'er green fields." "The Prelude," William Wordsworth We were lucky to have had such a helping friend, and promise to continue in our mission in keeping with your timeless example.
The Staff of The Marin Center for Independent Living 

Frank Lewis (Lew) Bortfeld
A lifelong San Rafael resident beloved by many, died September 22, 2002 following a motorcycle accident in Oregon. He was 85. A third-generation San Rafael native from Picnic Valley, Lew graduated from San Rafael High School. He served as an officer in the Merchant Marines during World War II. With his beloved late wife, Vivian, he raised five children. Lew's honorable career as a San Quentin correctional officer spanned more than 25 years. Truly a man for all seasons, Lew lived a uniquely rich and active life. "Health is Wealth!" was a favorite saying. An avid and lifelong sailor and rower, he passed many enjoyable hours in the San Rafael Yacht Harbor maintaining his cherished Siwel (Lewis spelled backwards), a 35' Swedish-built cutter. Carpenter, car enthusiast, cyclist, and fisherman, Lew was as comfortable camping by blue highways throughout the West as he was donning a tux to dazzle onlookers on the dance floor. Bon vivant, singer, master of the pun, Lew was a world-class storyteller (sometimes the stories were repeated). A gentle and generous man, he never arrived empty-handed. Lew was a true lover of life who was taken from us all too soon. A rugged individualist, he might have wished his epitaph to read, "He died with his boots on." And so he did. So long, old sailor. Lew is survived by his loving children Eric Bortfeld of Clear Lake, Joel Bortfeld of Red Bluff, Ron Bortfeld of Sammamish, WA, Donna Bortfeld of Murphy, Idaho, and Karen Krone of Sebastopol; his loving grandchildren Heidi, Katie, Jenny, Sandy, Devon, and Drew; his loving sister Patricia Austin of Leavenworth, WA and brother Otto Bortfeld of Phoenix, AZ; Lew's beloved brothers Elliott (his twin) and Donald predeceased him. Cremation was arranged by the Family Memorial Mortuary, 4764 SE Milwaukee Avenue, Portland, OR. The family will conduct a private ceremony at sea. Friends are invited to attend a Mass at 9 a.m. on Saturday, October 12 at the Mission Saint Raphael Chapel, 1104 Fifth Avenue, San Rafael. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made in Lew's name to your favorite charity. 

Morris C. "Mo" Cervantes, Jr.
Our beloved Morris passed away on Sunday the 29th of September, unexpectedly. He was a native San Franciscan and graduate of Washington High. Devoted son of the late Morris C., Sr. and Guadalupe. Beloved husband and soulmate to Mary Lynne; cherished father of Michelle and adored grandfather of Mia Lani and Kaia Joy; father-in-law to Erik Matosich. Loving brother of Jim (Millie), Ben (Liz), and the late Betty Jean and Judy Lynn. Cherished brother-in-law to Steve (Debbie) Dells; Margo (Jimbo) Juarez, and Kathie Dells Urbiztondo; uncle to Loren, Jaime, Gina, Dusan Jr., Ari, Mahkai, Christian, Kevin, Sean, Stephanie, and Collette; and devoted son-in-law to Steve Dells. Morris is survived by many loving relatives and friends. Morris worked for Kaiser Permanente for almost 30 years. He was a member in good standing of Local #250 SEIU. He served as a Union Rep for the many employees of Kaiser throughout the Bay Area. Morris was often seen in the hallways of Kaiser San Rafael, patiently listening to grievances or just lending an ear. He was very generous, kind, and made people feel good. Morris was a friend to all. Friends may visit Sunday, October 6, 2002 after 2 PM and are invited to attend the Vigil at 3:30 PM at the Evergreen Mortuary of McAvoy O' Hara Co. Geary Blvd. at Tenth Ave. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday, October 7, 2002 at 10:00 AM at St. Thomas Apostle Church, 40th and Balboa St., San Francisco, CA. After Mass all are invited to the Church Hall for A Celebration of "Mo's" life. In lieu of flowers, donations to American Diabetes Association. McAVOY O'HARA CO. 

Julia M. Ekich
Died Monday, September 30, 2002 in San Rafael. She was 79. Loving wife of Adam Ekich and dear mother of Jacob and Richard Lee Ekich. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Anna Sibalich and nieces Joanne Huhn and Pauline Riggs. A native of Massillon, Ohio Julia came to Marin in 1959. She worked at Tweedies General Store in Santa Venetia for seven years until it closed. She and her husband owned and operated Adam's Building Maintenance for 19 years. Julia was active at Blessed Sacrament Church and St. Isabella's where she was known as the "cake baker". She also served as the secretary to the 50 Plus Club. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass Saturday, October 26 at 10:00 AM at St. Isabella's Church. Inurnment was private. KEATON'S MORTUARY 1022 E Street, San Rafael 415-453-0571. 

Gordon Wyllie Matthews
Age 84, passed away from cancer at home in Santa Rosa on August 30, 2002 surrounded by his beloved family. Surviving him are his devoted wife of 51 years, Helen, a son, Gordon Matthews, Jr. of Orinda, and three daughters, Anne Matthews of Park City, Utah, Susan Reinhart of Ross and Amy Matthews of San Francisco. He was the father-in-law of April Matthews of Orinda and Tom Reinhart of Ross, and grandfather of Lauren and Hillary Matthews and Kendall, Cooper and Trevor Reinhart. He also leaves a brother Robert of Kalamazoo, Michigan. Gordon grew up in Glencoe, Illinois and graduated from Purdue University in 1939. He served his country as a Captain in the Ordnance Department of the U.S. Army during World War Two. Following his military service, he was employed with Inland Steel Products in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for 30 years. He and his family then moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan where he worked as a business consultant. A Memorial Service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 22nd at Presbyterian Church of the Roses, 2500 Patio Court in Santa Rosa. 

Leo Marcellus "Mac" McClain
On Saturday, September 21, 2002, Leo M. McClain passed away peacefully at the age of 88. For the past two years Leo has been residing at Vintage Estates in Kentfield, CA. Leo was born in Missoula, Montana. In 1938 he graduated with a business degree from the University of Montana where he also played defensive end and place-kicker on the Grizzlies football team. In World War Two, Leo saw military service in the Pacific as a member of the Navy. Early in the war his unit was assigned to Guadacanal and other areas of the Solomon Islands. During his enlistment, Leo was awarded a commission and finished his career as a Lieutenant JG. After the war Leo settled in the Bay Area and enjoyed a long and successful career in real estate and hotel operations. He was a resident of Marin County for 50 years. Leo will be remembered as a man of honor, compassion and wit. He possessed a great love of family, friends and life. Leo is survived by his wife Inelda McClain of San Rafael; his son David McClain (children Roger and Kaitlin) and Patricia Cragar of Paradise, CA; son, Kim McClain (wife Diane and daughter Allysen) of San Rafael; and many nieces and nephews. Preceding Leo in death were his sisters Marge Malarky of San Francisco, Phyllis Gallagher of Spokane, WA., and his brother Gene McClain of San Jose, CA. Following Leo's wishes, private Memorial Services will be held for the family. Friends may send a memorial donation to Leo's favorite charity: Hanna Boy's Center, P.O. Box 100, Sonoma, CA 95476, (or their favorite charity). 

Sylva Sonander 
Passed away on October 1, 2002 at the age of 77 after a prolonged illness with cancer. Beloved wife of Per Sonander. Also survived by daughter Britt Sonander of Novato and son Jan Sonander and his wife of Santa Rosa. Beloved Bubbe to grandson Kaj Olof Sonander. Born June 17, 1925 in Berlin, and later raised in Sweden, she met her husband on a ship while immigrating to the United States in 1953. After locating to San Francisco, they settled in Mill Valley in 1957 and then in San Rafael in 1973. She was an avid bridge player and long time member of Marin County bridge studios, and a former Marin County real estate agent. She enjoyed her home, Swedish baking, and loved to read. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Marin. Services will be held privately. 

Irene Francis Rapoport, August 27, 1926 ~ October 2, 2002
Irene Francis Rapoport, born August 27, 1926, passed away on October 2, 2002 after a long battle with emphysema. Irene, a longtime San Rafael resident originally moved to California when she was 16 years old from Maxwell, Nebraska where she was born. Irene loved life, her family and her friends. Up until her retirement in 1982, Irene worked with her husband Jerry at Wresco, a family business. Irene was a highly regarded credit manager in northern California. In her retirement, Irene enjoyed crossword puzzles, romance novels, and being anywhere with her husband. Irene's family and friends will always remember her wonderful smile, her beautiful blue eyes, her infectious laugh, and the jokes she would call to tell them. Irene is survived by her devoted husband of nearly 40 years, Gerald Rapoport and her five children: Cherie McGrath, Lynne Blumenfeld and her husband Michael Blumenfeld, Aaron Rapoport and his wife Linda Rapoport, Dr. Richard Rapoport and his wife Denise Rapoport, and Lissa Rapoport-Freeman and her husband John Freeman. Of her seven siblings, Irene is also survived by her sisters Fern Hilson, Kay Schmidt and Marge Moody and her brother Paul Carleton. Irene leaves behind six grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Irene also leaves behind many cherished friends. A Celebration of Irene's Life will be held on Monday, October 7, 2002 at 11 a.m. at Keaton's Mortuary, located at 1022 E Street, San Rafael, California. Burial will follow at Valley Memorial Park located at 650 Bugeia in Novato, California. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association, 115 Talbot Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95404 or to support macular degeneration research. KEATON'S MORTUARY 415-453-0571. 

Morris C. "Mo" Cervantes, Jr.
Our beloved Morris passed away on Sunday the 29th of September, unexpectedly. He was a native San Franciscan and graduate of Washington High. Devoted son of the late Morris C., Sr. and Guadalupe. Beloved husband and soulmate to Mary Lynne; cherished father of Michelle and adored grandfather of Mia Lani and Kaia Joy; father-in-law to Erik Matosich. Loving brother of Jim (Millie), Ben (Liz), and the late Betty Jean and Judy Lynn. Cherished brother-in-law to Steve (Debbie) Dells; Margo (Jimbo) Juarez, and Kathie Dells Urbiztondo; uncle to Loren, Jaime, Gina, Dusan Jr., Ari, Mahkai, Christian, Kevin, Sean, Stephanie, and Collette; and devoted son-in-law to Steve Dells. Morris is survived by many loving relatives and friends. Morris worked for Kaiser Permanente for almost 30 years. He was a member in good standing of Local #250 SEIU. He served as a Union Rep for the many employees of Kaiser throughout the Bay Area. Morris was often seen in the hallways of Kaiser San Rafael, patiently listening to grievances or just lending an ear. He was very generous, kind, and made people feel good. Morris was a friend to all. Friends may visit Sunday, October 6, 2002 after 2 PM and are invited to attend the Vigil at 3:30 PM at the Evergreen Mortuary of McAvoy O' Hara Co. Geary Blvd. at Tenth Ave. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday, October 7, 2002 at 10:00 AM at St. Thomas Apostle Church, 40th and Balboa St., San Francisco, CA. After Mass all are invited to the Church Hall for A Celebration of "Mo's" life. In lieu of flowers, donations to American Diabetes Association. McAVOY O'HARA CO. 

Irene Francis Rapoport, August 27, 1926 ~ October 2, 2002
Irene Francis Rapoport, born August 27, 1926, passed away on October 2, 2002 after a long battle with emphysema. Irene, a longtime San Rafael resident originally moved to California when she was 16 years old from Maxwell, Nebraska where she was born. Irene loved life, her family and her friends. Up until her retirement in 1982, Irene worked with her husband Jerry at Wresco, a family business. Irene was a highly regarded credit manager in northern California. In her retirement, Irene enjoyed crossword puzzles, romance novels, and being anywhere with her husband. Irene's family and friends will always remember her wonderful smile, her beautiful blue eyes, her infectious laugh, and the jokes she would call to tell them. Irene is survived by her devoted husband of nearly 40 years, Gerald Rapoport and her five children: Cherie McGrath, Lynne Blumenfeld and her husband Michael Blumenfeld, Aaron Rapoport and his wife Linda Rapoport, Dr. Richard Rapoport and his wife Denise Rapoport, and Lissa Rapoport-Freeman and her husband John Freeman. Of her seven siblings, Irene is also survived by her sisters Fern Hilson, Kay Schmidt and Marge Moody and her brother Paul Carelton. Irene leaves behind six grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Irene also leaves behind many cherished friends. A Celebration of Irene's Life will be held on Monday, October 7, 2002 at 11 a.m. at Keaton's Mortuary, located at 1022 E Street, San Rafael, California. Burial will follow at Valley Memorial Park located at 650 Bugeia in Novato, California. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association, 115 Talbot Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95404 or to support macular degeneration research. KEATON'S MORTUARY 415-453-0571. 

Frederick A. Cellarius
Fred Cellarius passed away at his Rohnert Park home on Tuesday, October 1, 2002 at age 71. He is the loving husband of Doris Cellarius. Caring father of Julie Cellarius of Sebastopol and Kelly McReynolds of Novato and four stepchildren: Appellate Court Judge Daniel Foley of Hawaii, Jackie Jones of San Jose, Nancy Neu of Novato, and Kathy Evans of Danville, CA. Grandfather of Claudia Costello, Robert Ehrhardt, Michael, Steven and James McReynolds. A native of California, Fred was a well-known cabinet maker in Sonoma and Marin Counties. He was a pilot, a gold miner and loved to spend time at his cabin in Placerville. As per Fred's request, a service will not be held. The family prefers memorial contributions be made to the Humane Society of Sonoma County, P.O. Box 1296, Santa Rosa, CA 95402 or the Leukemia Society of Northern CA, 832 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94107. Arrangements made by PARENT-SORENSEN MORTUARY & CREMATORY, Magnolia Ave. & Keokuk St., Petaluma, CA. 

Dora Connaughton
Passed away in Selma, CA on September 26, 2002 at the age of 80 after a long battle with Alzheimer's Disease. Loving wife of the late Michael Connaughton. Cherished mother of Michael David Connaughton and his wife Leona of Novato, CA; Suzanne Roether and her husband Richard of South Dakota; Robin Connaughton and his wife Lynn of Rohnert Park, CA; and Lisa-Marie Kenney and her husband John of San Rafael, CA. Adored grandmother of 12. Survived by several nieces and nephews. Born Dora Griffiths, she was reared and well educated in Manchester, England. She married Michael Joseph Connaughton in Manchester in 1945; they were married for 38 years. They moved to the United States in 1969. Dora was a legal secretary for the Sonoma County Sheriff's Department for ten years, retiring in 1979. She enjoyed bowling and reading, and was a member of the women's league at the Petaluma Bowling Alley. She was a great wife and mother who loved her family dearly. Friends and family are invited to attend an Urnside Service, Friday, October 4, 2002 at 2:00 PM at Calvary Catholic Cemetery, 304 Magnolia Avenue, Petaluma, CA. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation, P.O. Box 4900, Santa Rosa, CA 95402. Arrangements made by PARENT-SORENSEN MORTUARY & CREMATORY, Magnolia Avenue and Keokuk Street, Petaluma, CA. 

Shirley A. Rice
Age 71, of Novato, passed away September 25, 2002. Mrs. Rice was a highly respected school teacher (retired), and was loved by so many. Shirley was a devoted mother of four. She is survived by her children, Vernon (Bob) L. Rice, Jr., 45 of Petaluma, CA; her daughter Anne Lee Rice, 44, of Reno, Nevada; Jamey Rice of Novato, CA; daughter Susan Washington, 40, of Novato; and former husband Vernon (Bob) L. Rice, Sr. She is also survived by a grandson, Jamey Jr.; her two sisters, Edna Dwyer of Riverside, CA and Amy Bauman of San Dimas, CA; and brother Walter (Lee) Ewing, of Monrovia, CA. Shirley is also survived by her Bull-dog "Pooh", whom she so adored. Shirley so enjoyed gardening, watching football and basketball games, curling up with a good book and her family. She was such a special "Lady", and will be missed by many. 

Jean M. Brown (Mrs. Richard)
Passed away September 28, 2002 at home with her family. Born August 31, 1921. She retired from the American Heart Assoc. after 30 years of service. She was a dedicated member of the American Legion Auxiliary serving as State President in 1962-63. She was an active volunteer for the San Mateo Cancer Society, Foster City Chamber of Commerce and FC Rec. Center. She is survived by her sister Doreen Becot, daughter Nancy Brown-Park and son-in-law Jim Park and two step grandchildren. Memorial Service, October 4th at 2 PM, St Ambrose Episcopal Church, Foster City, CA. Donations may be made to Hospice of Marin or the American Legion Auxiliary for the Junior Program or Girls State. 

Bruce R. Hughes
Died of a stroke September 27, 2002, at the age of 76. A resident of Kentfield, Bruce was born in Sioux City, Iowa, and served in the Navy during World War II. He graduated from the University of Iowa where he majored in political science and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He was also a graduate of the University of Iowa College of Law. He and his family later moved to San Francisco, where he had been stationed during the war. Bruce practiced law for 40 years and became widely known as an expert in real estate law. He was a lifelong tennis player and a member of the Mt. Tam and Strawberry Point Racquet Clubs. He enjoyed attending the San Francisco and Marin Symphonies and living in Marin County. He is predeceased by his parents, brother Burton, and son Quentin. He is survived by his widow Nancy Kenward Hughes, sister Dolores, son Craig, stepson Michael Kenward, and grandson Brad. Friends are invited to attend the Memorial on Saturday, October 5th, at 2 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of Our Saviour, Mill Valley. The family suggests donations in Bruce's name to the Larkspur Public Library in lieu of flowers. 

Iola Bareilles Niebauer
She was born in Gustine, California, raised in Palo Alto, died suddenly after a brief illness at age 89. Iola lived and worked in San Francisco and, in 1953, moved to Marin County with her husband. She was preceded in death by her late husband, John J. Niebauer. She is survived by her loving step-son, John J. Niebauer, MD and his wife, Jean, four step- grandchildren, Skip, Peter and Doug Niebauer and Patricia Hendrickson and five step-great grandchildren. Mass will be on Friday, October 4th, at 10:00 AM at St. Patricks Church, 114 King Street, Larkspur. Friends and family are invited. Interment to follow at Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery, San Rafael, CA. In lieu of flowers the family would prefer donations to the American Cancer Society. Monte's Chapel of the Hills Family Owned and Operated 330 Redhill Ave, San Anselmo CA 

Grace Cushing Page
Age 93, resident of Marin County since 1961, died peacefully at home in Tiburon on September 17, 2002. Born in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, on Christmas Eve, 1908, she was the only child, of Lydia and Sargent Cushing. She grew up in Hingham, MA, surrounded by a large, loving family and friends, ever close to the sea, which she so dearly loved. She was an early enthusiast of nature and had an encyclopedic memory of the fauna and flora, commonly astounding her friends by her knowledge of not only the common names of plants and animals but their Latin names as well. After a relatively short courtship, she married Newman W. Page in 1940. They raised their two daughters, Sarah and Susan, in Port Washington, NY until 1961, when Newman became the manager of the Western states for the American Credit Indemnity Insurance Company and the family moved to California, settling in Tiburon. Grace and Newman adapted well to the Pacific coast and during their long, happily married life made frequent trips along the Western seaboard and throughout the world, ever enjoying the new and different cultures and continuing their nature treks. Together they volunteered at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, while Grace also volunteered at the Tiburon Thrift Shop and was a regular participant in Elizabeth Terwilliger's nature outings, "Tripping with Terwilliger". She was a devoted mother and grandmother, an avid homemaker, and was well known for her baking and cooking. She loved her garden, knitting and reading, was a competitive domino player, and well versed in furniture refinishing, chair rushing and caning. She is survived by her daughters, Sarah Page Bareau of New York City and Susan Page Schneider of Tiburon, and two grandchildren, Matthew Schneider of Petaluma and Wendy Call of Greeley, Colorado. Arrangements were made through Russell and Gooch and a gathering of family and friends celebrated her life on 22 September 2002. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Belvedere-Tiburon Library, 1501 Tiburon Blvd, Tiburon, CA 94920 or WildCare: The Terwilliger Nature Education and Wildlife Rehabilitation, P.O. Box 150930, 76 Albert Park Lane, San Rafael, CA 94915. 

Betty K. Saba
Passed away October 1, 2002 in Kentfield at age 81. Loving mother of John Baker of Tahoe City, CA, mother-in-law of Gail Baker, dear grandmother of Lindsay Baker of San Diego and Christopher Baker of Chico, sister of Lora Bean of Portland, Oregon, and survived by many nieces and nephews. She was a native of Nebraska and a longtime resident of Mill Valley. Friends are invited to attend Funeral Services Friday, October 4, 2002 at 10:00 AM at RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL, Mill Valley. Interment Olivet Memorial Park, Colma, California. RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL 270 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley 415-388-1573 

George H. Finney
Born in Boonville, CA on March 8, 1914 passed away peacefully on September 25, 2002. Preceded in death by his wife, Frances, and daughter, Nancy. Survived by his daughter Sharon Finney Eide (Harry) of Novato, son Charles "Butch" Finney (Colleen) of San Rafael, sister Ruth Pellegrini of Cloverdale, grandchildren Beth Durreman, Sean Finney, great grandson Scott Durreman, and many friends. A life member of the Painters Union and NSGW George made it his life's work to be a team leader and player, gardener extraordinaire, sports enthusiast, hunter, fisherman, master birder and volunteer. He was also well known for the jams and jellies he made. He talked fondly of his time spent in the CCC at Prairie Creek, CA and was named 1999 Volunteer of the Year at Gray Lodge Wildlife Refuge where he loved sharing his knowledge of the outdoors. There will be a Celebration of His Life on October 19th, 2002 from 1 to 3 p.m. at 695 Canyon Road, Novato. Donations may be made to Wildcare or Pt. Reyes Bird Observatory. 

Albert Dell Mahood
Beloved husband of Joann for 54 years, beloved father of Joseph and Terri, and their spouses Carmen Mahood and Courtney Williamson, and doting grandfather of Ian James Williamson, devoted brother of Margaret Rempe and Joseph Rempe, and numerous nieces and nephews, passed away on September 25, 2002, after a lengthy illness. Mr. Mahood was a highly respected teacher at San Rafael High School where he taught science for 21 years. He was also an Associate and internationally recognized diatomist at the California Academy of Science in Golden Gate Park. A veteran of World War II, Mr. Mahood served for four years in the US Navy as a Pharmacist's mate. He was also a glider pilot and enjoyed woodworking. Memorial Services will be held on October 19, 2002 at 11:00 a.m., at Daphne Funerals Marin, 601 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to your favorite charity. 

Cynthia Marie Page-Randolph
Was called home to be with the Lord on Friday September 27, 2002 at 4:35 p.m. A Quiet Hour Service will be held on Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. at Mt. Tamalpais Mortuary in San Rafael. Her Funeral Service will take place Thursday, October 4, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Marin City. She is survived by her daughter, Monica Randolph-Foster, her son-in-law, Rev. Tony Foster, her mother Winnie Louise Page, four brothers, Richard Page, Mack Henry III, Jesse John Page, and James Page. She has three grandchildren, Anthony Randolph Foster, Nija Monique Foster and Nia Simone Foster, and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.


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